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Latin & Tango

“Tango must always be interpreted in terms of human emotions. It has a human voice. That is why we must bring forth the sound that accurately expresses those emotions.” — Osvaldo Pugliese

“Music has the power to bring forth the resonant harmony of the heart, transcending differences in appearance, differences in language, differences in culture, or differences in civilization.” – Daisaku Ikeda
Translated from Japanese, Ikeda Daisaku zenshu (The Complete Works of Daisaku Ikeda), vol. 108, pp. 230–31, (1997).

Latin music, found in Central and South America, is a series of musical styles and genres that typically mixes influences from Spanish, African and indigenous sources. A variety of rich musical cultures and different flavors of music unique to each individual Latin American country, however, has been developed during a span of a few hundred years, each with its own ethnic, historical and socio-cultural background.
Among the musical styles of Argentina, the tango is perhaps the most popular, becoming famous all around the world. The Min-On Tango Series, which launched in 1970 with a concert by the internationally acclaimed Orquestra Jose Basso, has been credited with spearheading a tango boom in Japan. The series has featured nationwide Japan tours by leading tango artists, such as the Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese and the Orquesta Mariano Mores, on an annual basis.

The most recent tour was by the Orquesta Color Tango, conducted by the acclaimed bandoneon player Robert Alvarez, in 2011 as the forty-second installment of the Tango series. To date, this series has comprised more than 2,300 performances throughout Japan, bringing the wonder of tango music to more than 3.5 million audience members. Min-On has also brought musicians and artists in other genres of Latin music, such as Brazilian Popular Music and Latin Folk Music, from many different Latin American countries, including performances by Gal Costa and Gilberto Gil of Brazil, Los Indios of Paraguay, Los Laikas of Bolivia, among many others.

Osvaldo Pugliese from Argentina in 1979

Fabio Hager Sexteto in 2018

Gloria and Eduardo Tango Ensemble in 1992

Orquesta Julian Plaza in 1996

Orquesta Mariano Mores in 1992

Min-On Tango Series:

1970   Orchesta Jose Basso


1971   Orchesta Hector Varela

1972   Florindo Sassone y Su Orquesta Tipica

1973   Francini Pontier y Su Orquesta Tipica

1974   Carlos Garcia Tango All Stars


1975   Orquesta Fulvio Salamanca

1976   Orquesta Leopoldo Federico

1977   Franicini & Symphonic Tango Orchestra

1978   Orquesta Jose Livertella

1979   Orquestra Osvaldo Pugliese


1981   Gran Orquesta Salgan De Lio

1982   Orquesta Carlos Lazzari

1983   Orquesta Orlando Tripoi


1984   Orquestra Mariano Mores



1986   Orquesta Osvaldo Berlingieri

1987   Enrique Dumas y Orquesta Dragone

1990   Orquesta Juan D’Arienzo


1991   Orquesta del Tango de Néstor Marconi

1991   Orquesta del Tango de Néstor Marconi

1992   Gloria and Eduardo Tango Ensemble



1996   Orquesta Julian Plaza

1997   Orquestra Osvaldo Piro

1998   Orquesta Mauricio Marcelli

1999   Orquesta Carlos Buono

2000   Orquesta Osvaldo Requena

2001   Raul Lavie & Sexteto Sur

2002   Orquesta El Arranque


2003   Orquesta Carlos Galván

2006   Fabio Hager & Tango del Sur



2007   Orquesta Erica di Salvo

2008   Orquesta Fernando Marzán

2009   Osvaldo Requena and Fernando Suarez Paz

2010   Orquesta Victor Lavallen

2011   Color Tango

2013   Orquesta Nicolás Ledesma

2014   Grecos Tango Orquesta

2015   Orchestra La Juan D’Arienzo

2016   Sexteto Meridional Orchestra

2017   Horacio Romo Sexteto

Los Laikas from Bolivia in 1984

Exodus Steel Orchestra Brings the Caribbean to Japan in 2014

Alfonso Bautista Marimba Ensemble from Guatemala in 2008

Sun Brass from Panama in 2008

Latin Folk: among many others

1976   Los Indios from Republic of Paraguay

1976   Atahualpa Yupanqui from Argentina

1978   Antonio Pantaja from Argentina


1981   Christina and Hugo from Argentina

1981   Ramon Veloz and Grupo “Campo Alegre” from Cuba

1981   Condorkanki from Argentina



1983   Cristina y Hugo from Argentina

1984   Los Laikas from Argentina



1985   Savia Andina & Zulma Yugar from Bolivia

1986   Jaime Torres from Argentina

1988   Sierra Maestra from Cuba

1989   Papi Basaldua and Grupo Cantares from Paraguay

1991   Costa Caribe from Venezuela

1994   Coral Y Esmeralda from Republic of Ecuador

1995   Viva! Mexico ’95 concert *performance also in 2009 and 2015

1997   Cico Cesar from Brazil

1997   Fiesta Mexicana ‘97

1998   Son Damas from Cuba

2000   Trio Los Panchos from Mexico

2001   Los Mecateros from Mexico

2003   Martín Portillo y Americanta from Paraguay

2003   Juanjo Dominguez from Argentina



2005   Los Mecateros from Mexico & Cheo Hurtado Ensemble from Venezuela

2008   Alfonso Bautista Marimba Ensemble from Guatemala and Sun Brass from Panama

2008   Guillermo Anderson & Ceibana from Honduras and Editus from Costa Rica

2009   Mini All Stars form Haiti

2010   Anata Bolivia





2011   Jamaica Rocks

2011   Mac Salvador, El Colectivo Palenke, and Juan Medrano “Cotito” from Peru

2005   Exodus Steel Band Orchestra from Republic of Trinidad and Tobago


2013   Cesar Lopez & Havana Ensemble from Cuba

2016   GUACO from Venezuela

2017   Nicaraguan diva Katia Cardenal

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